This ride is my favorite Dirt Road ride that is easy to get to. The ride is 42 miles and I found out on Sat. has about 4000' of elevation. That elevation mostly comes from small hills with one bigger climb(BustHead) and then coming back over the ridge again towards the end of the ride.
We had 6 of us at the start, Unfortunately the boys on mountain bikes, Kent and his friend(Chris?) were riding a little slower and needed to get back sooner. This was the first real ride for me in like a week and a half, and boy did my legs feel it!
The ride is a good one, and we were able to see some real nice foliage, along with some $$$$$ houses that are out there. The Middleburg stop is great with the bakery there(not open on Sundays though). The ride took awhile with like a 15 mph avg so that 42 felt more like a 60 mile ride. The question is my knee good enough for the capital cross dec. 4th?
Some Ride notes:
-Never underestimate the power of a sausage roll for bike fuel
-WTB interwolves are the best dirt road tires around big for cush and roll well for hardpack/pavement sections.
-BustHead is a blast to come down you are flying around 30+ on the dirt
-Bruce almost hit a deer going down that same mountain, must have been the deer running away from the hunters since it was the first day of hunting season.
-Ryan was riding strong, or could have been his cool matching white/grey camo seat that matched his grey Giant.
-Pat was riding pretty good after being off the bike for awhile with his arm issues.
-My knee held up, but I am not in top shape anymore so the last climb I had to let Bruce, and Ryan go up the road.
-This is a great Iron Cross training ride, so next September I will remember to do it.
-Bruce had one of the best lines,"Stomach full of scotchies(oatmeal cookies with buttersctchcream between them) I feel good.